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well, hello, hello, hello. those of you taking off for the airport or maybe sitting in the terminal wondering, i've got some of the first flights, am i going to be on time? we'll talk about that. morning, first of all. i'm robin meade. glad you're with us. have you packed your bags yet? millions of people are about to hit the road for thanksgiving but things may go smoother for those of you headed to the airport. president obama made a big promise about afghanistan and he's shooting for a goal that's been elusive since day one of the war. some doctors will go casual when it comes to work attire. why some hospitals are saying no more ties. first, though, i'm grateful to have you with us today,
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speaking of thanksgiving. the travel rush is on today. you may be surprised more people are traveling this year than last year. about 38.5 million people are expected to head out for the holiday weekend. listen to this, though. air travel is expected it drop. rain could slow things down for some of you. not everybody. so listen up. bob is going to have the thanksgiving forecast in a matter of seconds here -- well,a matter of minutes. you may be one of the millions of people up early looking at the black friday deals online. melissa long is in for jennifer as she tells you about a huge spike in traffic to these black be friday websites to try to put it all together for you. good morning, good morning. it's another indicator retailers could have a big day on friday. there's a research firm that tracks your travels online and it says that black friday websites that show you the big retailers' ads. an 87% increase in traffic and that was last week. these are the websites like bfads.net and
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blackfridayads.com. experience says walmart is getting by far the most referred traffic from these black friday sites followed by target and best buy. we'll have a link to some of those black friday sites. you go to cnn.com/robin and click on important web links. also i will be back in a few minutes as we've been telling our viewers all week, we're promising them the big black friday deals. we're doing all the research so they don't have to scour through the flyers. >> things sticking out to you are probably the things they're noticing as well. melissa, thank you. new this morning, fire crews are trying to keep a wildfire away from some very expensive homes in southernc california. it broke out last night. the crews are making headway despite wind gusts up to 35 miles an hour. they're using a nearby highway as a containment line. all lanes have been shut down and officials are warning people to be ready to evacuate. president obama says that he will announce after thanksgiving his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. during a white house news
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conference last night he talked about his goals there. >> after eight years some of those years in which we did not have, i think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> let's go to correspondent richard lui. there's a lot of discussion to be had about this. do we know how many troops that will take? is good morning to you. what we're hearing are defense department officials drawing up plans for 34,000 additional troops. here is how that would break down for you. three u.s. army brigades and about 15,000 soldiers headquarters element of 7,000 and between 4,000 and 5,000 support troops. brigades in ft. drum new york and ft. camel, kentucky, are set to deploy. military officials say they could be on the ground by february or march at the earliest. >> that's relatively soon.
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the u.s. is also going to need a lot of help from its partners in the region. you can't do it all yourself. how does pakistan fit into the strategy? importantly here, the u.s. troop surge is expected to focus on afghanistan. president obama will have to put pressure on the pakistani government to root out the taliban in the northwest provinces on their border. one retired pakistani general says the people there are ready to cooperate. >> i think this time the pakistan army and people of pakistan to fight this war and win it because under no circumstances i think there is any future for pakistan unless this succeeds. so they are fighting for their future. >> masood says they share control of the planning and execution of air strikes inside of pakistan. >> richard, thank you. 11 days and $11, a teen vanished inside the new york
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city subway system. francisco jr. said he got in trouble at school and didn't want anybody to yell at him. the 13-year-old bought lollipops and chips at the station for all those days and he rode and he rode and he rode. >> he's never explained what happened in those days. >> he still hasn't been able to tell you what happened? >> no. look at him now, he don't express nothing. >> reporter: how did you live? what did you eat? >> a sandwich and mostly whatever i could buy. >> well, the boy told his mother that he didn't ask for help or speak with anyone. finally a transit officer recognized him from a missing person's poster that i imagine his mother put up. a county in new york is not wasting any time responding to 2 million recalled stork craft cribs. the county banned all sales of
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drop side cribs. one woman in the area has been fighting for this for 12 years since her 10-month-old suffocated in one. >> i went into his room and found his neck caught between the head board and the side rail. >> how awful. after monday's stork craft recall, the consumer products safety commission admitted it did not move quickly enough on this one and an international standards group has approved new safety standards that could put an end to the new drop side cribs. stork craft says it's safe if used properly. >> the judges must have been feeling puppy love because donny osmond tangled his way to the title. >> after ten demanding weeks of competition, the winner and new champions of "dancing with the stars" are --
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donny and kim! >> donny really want it had, so the 51-year-old singer lifted his wife in the air before doing a victory dance, which i think you're seeing now with partner kim johnson. singer mya came in second and kelly osbourne, be rock princess, finished third. i think it was revenge for marie because she didn't win. she came in like third. so now donnie won. >> how about that? >> i'm glad for him. >> all the gals think he's still dreamy. >> you know what, he is. >> you see. >> seven minutes past the hour. morning, bob. our travelers are watching right now on wondering where am i going to see the delays because of weather? >> yeah, a huge day for travel, robin. you've got that right. we're watching two storms right now. one is a bachl of two lows that's actually going to merge over the great lakes so you get the rain, the wind wrapping around there in the upper midwest, great lakes and the ohio valley today. the other one is the big
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thunderstorm complex that's just around the keys of florida. that's moving in towards miami. look at the heavy rain in the gulf of mexico. that patch pulls over the states f. you're trying to travel in florida it's going to be tough. the rain is going to be out there, heavy at times. here is that miami radar sweep as it goes on by. still back across the gulf into lower florida, through the keys, too. lots of lightning, the possibility of heavy downpours out there for the morning. even water spouts just offshore. that's something we're watching. jacksonville, here is your cold front over the city itself. the rain coming on through spreads all the way to the carolina coast. more on the great lakes, too, and the air travel in a little bit. robin? >> okay. all right. how would you characterize today? is. >> not so good. i'll tell you where you will see the travel delays in about ten minutes. >> great. the story is there's fewer air travelers. it's going to be be a good day for them -- unless you mix in the weather. >> you're right. president obama and the first lady hosted their first state dinner last night.
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wait until you hear the story behind michelle obama's beautiful gown. isn't that gorgeous? and this guy must have watched easy rider one too many times. why he was zipping through traffic at speeds up to 100 miles an hour.
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it's time right now to salute our troops. if you are a first had been time watcher, we love to do this once an hour every day in the morning. staff sergeant louis rodriguez, and she says she's so proud of the job that he does every day and that this holiday season will not be the same without him home. and that she loves him with all her heart and cannot wait for his safe return. maybe you have somebody that you love in the service and you want to salute them. there is where we can help you,
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cnn.com/robin. president obama and first lady michelle obama hosted their first state dinner last night. it is considered the highest honor for a foreign dignitary. the guest of honor was the prime minister of india. now michelle obama's gown came from an indian-born designer. he says that 40 people worked on it for three weeks, and it is beautiful. 338 people were on the guest list including many celebrities and big money democratic donors. a hospital is banning doctors from wearing neckties. the jersey city medical center says that it's for patient safety. the fear is that those ties will spread germs or get in the way of some procedures. both patients and doctors seem to like the idea. >> the tie can get in the way of certain procedures that they're doing, so i do believe that. i don't see the necessary need for a tie. you're here to save a life not look handsome. >> i'll save my neckties for dinner parties.
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>> well, one doctor said that she even liked to get rid of the lab coats as well. so the feeling is that maybe it could stop spreading the h1n1 virus because you don't have these yucky ties. think about it. people don't wash their ties. gross. what's that, melissa? >> i said there's no need for the doctors to look handsome as well. >> you don't need to look good. just make me better. after a black friday stampede turned deadly last year, retailers are focusing on your safety this year. one's even having dress rehearsals for the big crowds on friday morning. melissa long's in for jennifer with more on that. >> we want to play it safe here absolutely and it's not only walmart that's making sure its policies are in place for black friday but many other stores. best buy is doing full-scale dress rehearsals according to "usa today." last year at a walmart outside of new york city, a maintenance man who worked for walmart was trampled by stampeding shoppers. this year walmart will stay open
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for 24 hours and the people will already be in the store. they will spread the door busters around the store and then giving maps to shoppers. most retailers will clearly tell people in line how many there are and they will be handing out tickets or wrist bands. retailers hope those door buster deals that get you into the store will have you buying other things so we've been scanning the ads and the websites to find the deals. highlight a couple out there this morning. walmart is selling a 32-inch hd tv for $248. that is $100 off the regular retail price. maybe you need a new pair of winter boots? why not, right? one of jcpenney's door busters women's boots for 30 bucks. they normally sell between $65 and $90. for more deals go to cnn.com/robin and click on the icon that says important websites. on this very busy travel week you may find the gas prices gobbling up some of your thanksgiving budget. aaa says a gallon of regular is
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selling for an average of $2.64 nationwide. compare that to last year prices were significantly lower on average of $1.89. year over year a big change. >> i love it when you highlight the different sales on friday so our viewers don't have to go through all the papers. >> we're doing the homework for them. pass the turkey and the tamiflu. the cdc has tips on how to stop the h1n1 virus spread from being spread during the holiday. and wild bam boones are attacking people. what one town is doing about it.
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okay. the sad fact of the matter is that your family might be sharing more than just turkey and pumpkin pie this holiday. health officials are concerned that thanksgiving gatherings and crowded malls could spread the h1n1 virus. there is usually a bump in the seasonal flu cases after the
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holiday. the cdc is urging you to wash your hands often and cover coughs and sneezes are w a tissue or a sleeve. don't be sneezing on me, in other words. take a look at this motorcyclist. he led cops on a chase at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. along the way he darted around traffic on some of atlanta's busiest highways. what are you thinking, man? police say that he apparently decided to run from the cops because he had a suspended license but, guess what, he didn't get away and now is in a lot more trouble. it never quite works out. >> some drama and mystery at notre dame surrounding the star quarterback. larry smith is in for rafer with more on that. as if notre dame football needs more drama. the head coach about to be fired and now the quarterback gets sucker punched. jimmy clausen chls out at a pub with family members and his girlfriend 2:00 a.m. sunday when he reportedly was sucker punched. by the way, just go home. don't stay out that late. this is all according to an anonymous university official. clausen wore a tinted guard at
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practice to hide any evidence and coach charlie weiss has named them off limits. he wants to talk about only one thing. did. >> we're talking about stanford. >> you want to ask me a question about stanford, i'm all ears. this is a stanford press conference. we're talk iing about stanford. ask me a question about stanford, please. anything about stanford. >> okay, coach. where is stanford located? pa lo palo alto. a violation of team rules in michigan. it's not clear if this is connected to a fight at a dorm sunday night. witnesses told a student newspaper more than a dozen men, some described as football players, injured several students. now one was named glenn winston. he was suspended last season and spent four months in jail for seriously injuring an msu hockey player. the man responsible for luxury suites and jumbotron video screens has died.
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washington wizards owner abe pollin was an innovator. he bought the team, the bullets, and changed the name to take a stand against violence. the nba commissioner david stern said we lost our leader, our prime owner. abe pollin was 85. he was a legend. nfl players don't mind hanging out with turkeys. santonio holmes spent his off day handing out turkeys back home. he plays for the pittsburgh steelers. chargers running back ladainian tomlinson did the same. that's a look at sports. >> all right, thank you. a hot tourist spot in south africa, the crime rate is way up because of baboons. check out this tape n. cape town, packs of baboons go around breaking into cars looking for food and apparently they don't care if you're in the car or not. a group that monitors baboons in the area said they spend all day rescuing tourists. was that one in the car?
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sitting there like he was a passenger? wait. can you go back to that one? mommy's on my side. is it the next picture where he sticks his -- this is my car. you get out. >> the drive-through safaris when i was a kid, people would go by, they'd tear it up, take out the radio and start smacking you with them. they're crazy, these things. twhaes going on? >> talking about our travelers. major travel day today. obviously it's early so no delays now. i want to show you the great lakes. rain is out there. it will be heavy at times wisconsin through chicago. here's o'hare and midway. some planes are getting in and out no problem. you'll see delays in towards minneapolis as well. here's the day, be prepared for rain to snow in minneapolis, one hour or more delay there and more delays because of rain down south and that is florida, too. >> it looks like a lot of delays
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today and you couple that with the amount of people traveling. that doesn't look very fun. >> it doesn't help. >> everyone says the thanksgiving turkey makes you tired but is it the bird really what makes you tired? is it tryptofan or not?
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you are probably up early to travel. aaa predicts a record number of people travel for the holiday weekend. more than 38 million. aaa also says that there will be about a 6.7% drop in air travel from last year. a direct result of the shooting spree at ft. hood, security is being severely tightened there. armed guards will be tightened around the post, random inspections of any containers. soldiers now have to register their personal firearms. about an hour ago space shuttle "atlantis" undocked. astronaut nicole smith has been in orbit since august, it says, that she wants to see her family get a pizza. can't blame her.
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rbresnick wants to see the baby daughter born saturday while he was in space. i see you there waiting in the terminal or packing up your stuff. welcome and good morning. i'm robin meade. we will have to wait until next week to hear president obama's plans for sending more troops to afghanistan. a defense department official says he will likely call for 34,000 additional men and women and reaction from both sides of the debate already. >> the other thing is that only enforces or reinforces the taliban's desire to end the foreign occupation. they're only going to fight harder. so by adding more troops, you take away any incentive from the karzai regime to negotiate and you can embolden the other side and continue fighting. >> i think we have to find a way to leave behind some kind of structure that we can work with that won't be a terrorist state. i believe that's what the obama
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administration is trying to do. >> all right. so correspondent richard lui, how much do these additional troops cost everybody? >> it works out to roughly $1 million per soldier and several house democrats propose a new tax to try to pay for that. wisconsin congressman david obee says we have to find a way to pay for health care reform and should do the same for the afghan war. >> i don't want to see the restructuring and the reforming of our own economy wiped out because we get stuck in a ten-year war, a war that isn't paid for. >> house speaker nancy pelosi rejected a similar law. yesterday she left the door open to that proposal. >> what about sharing the burden? will any of the nato allies commit this early? >> robin, so far only britain has agreed to send more troops, about 500. the military officials suggest president obama could ask nato for about 6,000 more troops to fill the gap between the 34,000 he will likely send and the
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40,000 general stanley mik crystal wachri mcchrystal wanted. a spokesman would not discuss the numbers but said nato would be asked for additional help. >> all right. we're expected to hear more after the thanksgiving holiday. richard, thank you. okay, using a gps system could save you time and money. a new study says drivers who use a gps spent 12% less on gas than people who didn't. they provide maps for gps services, by the way. since a lot of people will be on the road today and for black friday, the onstar gps system is giving some subscribers free service. thought you might like to know. who has ever heard of a bank robber who cries while he does a holdup? witnesses say it happened yesterday at this bank. to make it even more weird, the robber had a personal conversation with the teller. >> and he says, i used to work
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at this bank and you guys still owe me money. and so he demanded a specific amount and then the teller gave him cash, and they had a conversation. he said he had some medical problems, he was crying, kind of unusual circumstances for a bank robber. >> can you imagine? no one at the bank, though, recognized him as someone who used to work there. all right. 34 minutes past the hour. you are normal. you are smart. >> $20 bills unmarked. have you seen my grandkids? no dye pack, please. >> all right. i know your concerns today, completely about weather and travel. now bob is saying not the greatest day for our flyers. what about our drivers? >> drivers will be wet down across florida for the morning and light rain showers now circulating around the great lakes. start in florida, look at the
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heavy rain right out of the gulf through the keys and into lower parts of florida right through the peninsula. there's the miami radar, heavy downpours just south of miami, pooling over the city so you get the rain out there, too. another line developing all the way just off the coast of georgia with some light rainfall making it as far north now as macon, georgia. the showers will be out to the deep southeast. heavy downpours for extreme southern florida for the day. look at the rain also circulating around this upper level low. you can clearly see it on the radar. you zero in to the region with the heaviest rain, basically north of chicago. here is chicago now. this is midway right down below chicago where so far just some light showers for you, the rain and low clouds that comes back into play for you. you're going to see some delays in chicago. no doubt about it. rain around green bay, too. that's all stretching to northern michigan. that's what it looks like here. what about this picture? we just got this coming in. you've got to see that. across the southern part of the
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atlantic ocean, southern island, that is cloud cover going over the islands poking up through the ocean and once it hits it, it acts like a wave and goes on past. how great that? looks like a boat wave but that is actual island and the clouds going over it. that was from the 23rd of november. >> do you have any advice for travelers, people who are either flying or driving? >> i think a tough go if you're going to get to the northeast, the great lakes and florida. the west coast looks pretty good. we'll talk about that in ten minutes. >> gosh, yeah, look at the midwest. judge judy may not be quite as tough as she seems on the show. joy behar got to see her softer side. >> you are tough. you are a tough lady in that courtroom. >> no, no, no. >> i know you. you're a really sweet pussycat. >> i am. >> when you get on that bench you turn into a different persona. >> fortunately for my husband it's a different persona. >> and probably your children,
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too, right? >> especially the grandchildren. >> what do they say? >> they laugh. they know. >> there's grandma. >> spout iing off again. >> be sure to check out the thanksgiving day "joy behar show" marathon. on tonight's show joy will be talking with funny man bill murray. that ought to be good. your friends could sell you out. what some companies are offering your twitter friends so they can get access to you. and also ahead, sure, the times are tough, but who would rob a nun?
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i love that song. i'll have to find out what that is d. you know, by the way, we post those every day on our website, the songs you hear during the show. prosecutors have lessened the charges against the man who was apparently shoved into a train station window during his arrest. yesterday michael gibson pled not guilty to charges of public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. his arrest at an oakland station was caught on cell phone video. gibson's father says that he is mentally ill. >> i don't think michael realizes the people he sees are in his head. when somebody starts talking to him, he realizes there's somebody there. >> gibson reportedly yelled racial slurs and profanity at passengers. he is still in jail. donny osmond may have taken the crown of "dancing with the stars" last night but tom delay lobbied hard for mr. congeniality.
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delay wanted so badly to do the texas two-step in competition but stress fractures in both feet forced him to step out. the fractures didn't slow him down. you can go ahead and laugh. >> he looks fan it is particular. it looks fun. i give him all the credit in the world. >> he knows how to do the texas two-step. >> he knows how to play the cameras, too. >> when he shakes his bottom it's a little uncomfortable to me. >> is it? >> let's go back to donny. go back to donny. all right. doesn't he look handsome? that's a little bit more comfortable for me. so donny won last night. he really wanted to win. i think he was vocal about that so maybe it was revenge for marie who didn't win be. get the coffee going and warm up the car, black friday deals are starting bright and early. melissa long is in for jennifer and has a rundown when the
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stores are opening and every year i'm amazed at who decides to open on thanksgiving day or at midnight. >> and there are many stores doing that as well this year. guess what, you don't even have to go to bed if you don't want to on thanksgiving. you can stay up all night. no reason to set the alarm clock. by the time you've digested, cleaned out the kitchen and watched some football, you can go shopping because some of the stores will be opening at 12:01 on friday morning. among them toys 'r' us, the chain opening very, very early. you can shop early at old navy, jcpenney and sears. walmart opening its doors at 5:00 a.m. along with competitor target and by 6:00 in the morning shoppers can start filing in to kmart and home depot. some stores open on thanksgiving day, walmart, kmart, gap, old navy and banana republic stores. >> old navy, banana republic are open on thanksgiving day? is. >> exactly for several hours. not all day. i think those stores are under the gap umbrella open 12:00 to
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5:00. >> i always think of the workers. i'm going to be working but for our retail. >> i've done that before in retail years ago and there's a cheer, a holiday cheer that's there. it may not be that bad. anyway, here's another story that might get a lot of people very interested this morning. you can cash in on twitter but your friends might not be too happy about this. there's a handful of companies that will pay you for a list of twitter followers so they can send them tweets with advertisements. >> you can sell your friends out. >> you can sell, yes. selling your friends. i don't know how you feel about that one. the more followers you have, the more friends you have, the more money you can make. yes, several celebrities have sold their lists. they need the money. kim kardashian, nicole richie. 140 characters or less, you can sell your friends. >> kind of a crock but okay. i guess for all the tweeting that you do, finally you can make money for it. melissa, thank you.
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if the price of fine art is out of reach for you, a florida artist has a possible solution. he offers a way to take your doors, your walls and your ceilings to a whole new level. st stephanie elam explains in this "small business success." >> reporter: jeff huckabee is an artist but instead of a canvas he paints on doors, walls and ceilings. he has no formal art education. >> i've always drawn and painted and sketched, even when i was little. >> reporter: before jeff started his orlando-based faux painting business, he work at disneyworld. >> when i first started there, i was in the entertainment business doing the parades and one of mickey's fuzzy friends. >> reporter: transitioning from the wonderful world of disney to jeff huckabee painting was a challenge. >> i was leaving a lot of security but i just wanted more. >> reporter: in the past few years his business has evolved into the specialized area of decorative painting. >> the painting business, selling this faux painting. this kind of steps out of that a little bit into artwork. which feels really good.
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scratches a whole different itch. >> reporter: so far this bleak economy hasn't paint add bleak picture. >> it is not a necessity but i'm pleasantly surprised it's really been business as usual and i'm grateful for that. kind of cool. if you are a small business owner, we'd love to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin. upload a video i-report of your business, share your information and you might be featured right here on "morning express." using those mini laptops, have you seen these, they're tiny. they call them netbooks. can come with an oversized price tag. the hidden costs some wireless carriers are tacking on.
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the holidays are fast approaching and guess what the new jersey nets want more than anything? a win. oh, that's so sad. that's so sad. larry smith, good morning. >> good morning, but it's true. there's bad and then there's the nets. sorry but that's the way it is. the nba record for the most con second tiff losses are. the nets are three games away from tying the mark. another loss last night to denver makes new jersey 0-14 this season. look at this. i can't make this stuff up. head coach lawrence frank who may not have that title much longer said this was the most frustrating loss of them all. the nets did win in another court, new york's top court, the court of appeals has ruled that the state can use eminent domain to force homeowners and businesses to sell their properties to make way for a massive development in brooklyn that would include a new arena
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for the nets. some argue the seizure is unconstitutional. others say let them win a game on their own. >> might be a hard sell. watch this video. a spectacular crash during a boat race in arizona on saturday. look at this. this boat going about 1 0 miles per hour. >> oh, my word. what kind of boat -- >> an incredibly -- like a speedboat. >> okay. >> they call it drag racing, drag boat racing. now the driver walked away at first but later went to the hospital with internal injuries. wow, spectacular video there. the university of georgia replace their beloved mascot with a robot? peta wants uga to use a bulldog robot when they choose uga 8. uga 7 died of heart problems. it would be a fitting tribute to stop the inbreeding of bulldogs. a bulldog robot. >> i don't know how that would go over. >> i think local fans may not like that. >> yeah, i don't think so.
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however inbreeding, that's kind of different. check out the video of two nuns at a grocery store. the police say the man drove off. police gave them a new scarf, new gift card for food. and wireless companies are getting a lot of attention. deems on mini laptop computers they call netbooks. they're tiny. hln money expert clark howard warns if you buy one you might be paying way more than you think. >> when's a deal not a deal? well, here's one -- throughout the rest of the christmas selling season, you're going to see really big pitches from the big cell phone companies trying to get you to buy a little miniature computer known at a netbook at an extra low price in return for a giant handcuff. up know what that handcuff is? it's a two-year contract for you
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to buy overpriced data services for the cell phone. why do i call them overpriced? because it's $60 a month for you to access the cell phone network to do web surfing on your little computer. now, why that such a bad idea? think about it. you're saving maybe $100 on the purchase of that computer in return for having a commitment to a cell phone company for data services of $1200 or more over two years. want to be a free agent. you want one of those little computers? just buy it. i'm clark howard pr for more ways for you to stay out of trouble go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to save more, spend less, avoid getting ripped off. catch him on noon eastern saturday and sundays on hln. a controversial thanksgiving day tv ad you may never see, because it may be a little
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unappetizing for some people.
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good morning. many of you are watching, a, as you are packing bags for a road trip or, b, watching from a terminal. we welcome you from wherever you're from. have you packed your bags? things may go smoother if you're headed to the airport. before we hear the weather report. hold up. president obama just made a big promise an afghanistan and shooting for a goal that has been illusive since day one of the war. plus a boy got in trouble in school and decided to hide in the subway system. how in the world did he survive for 11 days by himself? first, though, the thanksgiving travel rush is on. on your mark, get set, go! you may be surprised more people
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are traveling this year than last year. yeah. about 28.5 million people are expected to head out. 38.5 million. air travel is expected to drop because many under economic pressure are finding cheaper alternatives than paying for a flight. imagine paying for a flight for you and the kids, too? bob van dillen is here with more on the thanksgiving forecast. this is what's throwing the wrench into it today. >> going to be the weather, unfortunately, robin. it would be smooth sailing if you didn't have to go to the great lakes, down to florida or the northeast. catching delays. this is lake michigan. this is chicago. ord is o'hare. planes coming in and out so far no problem, but notice the rain, all the green. that's off and on all day. add to it a little breeze. we're going to see delays at o'hare and midway, an hour or more and west of there rain changing to snow, minneapolis and st. paul. an hour more delay there. the major airports in the northeast, low clouds, rain, philly, new york, boston metros
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could get delays on top of the vol coupe deep lays. >> basically one-half of the country, all the biggy airports? >> west coast is good. east coast, midwest, doesn't look so good. no delays currently, but it's still early. president obama says he will announce his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan after thanksgiving. we don't exactly know yet what the plan will entail. correspondent richard will you sy looking at the numbers and what the mission will be coming up in about ten minutes. new this morning, fire crew, trying to keep a wildfire away from expensive homes in southern california. it broke out last night. now, the crew, making headway, despite the wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour. they're using a nearby highway as a containment line. all lanes shut down. officials are warning people nearby to be ready to evacuate. for the first time the faa is fining three airlines a total of $175,000 for stranding passengers on a tarmac.
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do you remember last august that a plane full of people was diverted and it ended up in rochester, minnesota. the people, though, were forced to stay on the cramped plane overnight for six hours, with screaming babies, clogged toilets. but the workers refused to just open up the terminal door for them. well, now there's a fine. you may be one of the millions of americans looking online for black friday deals, but in for jennifer is melissa long. the black friday websites. tell me about those. >> people surfing ahead of black friday trying to figure out, strategize where they want to shop on friday, perhaps cyber monday, the following monday. another indicator retailers could have a big day in a few days on black friday. the research firm experian hitwise says black friday websites that show the big retailers ad reported and 87% increase in traffic, that was last week. websites like bfads.net and
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2009blackfriday ads.com. walmart is getting by far the most referred traffic from black friday sites followed by target, also best buy. a link to it black friday sites very easily accessible to you at cnn.com/robin. click on important websites and as you know, we're also tracking the deals trying to find people with great bargains so they don't have to do all the homework. >> thank you, good help. a count any new york is not wasting time responding to a recall of 2 million stork drop side cribs. one woman in the area fighting for this 12 years, ever since her 10-month-old suffocated in one. >> i went into his room and i found his neck caught between the headboard and the side rail. >> after monday's stork craft recall, the consumer product safety commission admitted it didn't move quickly on this.
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an international safety group approved new standards putting an end to any new drop side cribs. stork craft says the cribs are safe if used properly. president obama and first lady michelle hosted their first state dinner, considered the highest hon are for a foreign dignitary. the guest of honor, the prime minister of india. analysts say it shows president obama's commitment to strong ties with the world's largest democracy. 338 people were on the guest list including many celebs and big money democratic donors. and take a like at the beautiful gown the first lady wore last night. wow. coming up, how that dress is related to india, and you won't believe how many people it took to make that gown. very pretty. first, what's on top of your mind today, the traveling you've got do later on today. hi, bob. >> good morning, rob. the eastern half of the nation highlighted with the satellite. radar on top and overlaid the front. these two lows basically merge
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in the next couple hours. when that happens, a nice wind wrapping around the rain changing over to snow in central parts of minnesota. downing south. the frontal boundary over southern parts of florida. that is heavy rain coming on down right now in sheets. especially the southern tip of florida down through the keys. zero in towards that miami radar. you see the sweep goes by picking up a decent thunderstorm complex the southern part of florida drifting north. going over the city of miami into ft. lauderdale, all that stuff coming down. heavy rain over the next couple hours. one to two inches. jacksonville, rain still around, pockets of rain really found up across macon, georgia, too, not quite in towards atlanta. live to atl, headed towards hartsfield-jackson airport, this morning, low clouds. not a big deal. just a delay in the morning is a possibility and it ought to be less than an hour. fog is a possibility south of town, and that's where the airport's located. so far, things gorge to be dry. then you get to the great lakes.
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spiraling low pressure. look at the rain wrapping around this thing. all rain. not snow. that's real good news for you, but if you get in towards chicago, the low clouds are out there. this is o'hare. this is midway. light showers around the region nap will pick up again later today. more coming up, robin, throughout the morning. >> you're really concerned about o'hare? >> o'hare, midway, minneapolis, florida, new york, philadelphia, d.c. as well with low clouds. >> atlanta one of the biggest in the nation? >> morning delays a possibility. the afternoon look really good. >> thank you. >> you got it. hot to trot into the stores but the stores are hot to keep you safe. have you heard of lane splitting? when a motorcycle flies down right in the center lane between cars. not such a good idea. especially if you're running from police.
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president obama says he'll announce after thanksgiving his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. he believes people in the u.s. will get behind him once they hear his strategy. >> and i feel very confident that when the american people hear a clear rationale for what we're doing there and how we intend to achieve our goals that they will be supportive. >> defense department official says they've been told to draw up plans for 34,000 additional troops. how that would break down. three u.s. army brigades of about 15,000 soldiers and marine big grade of about 8,000. headquarters element of about 7,000 and between 4,000 and 5,000 support troops. right now brigades in ft. drum new york and ft. campbell, kentucky are next in line to deploy. military officials say they could be on the ground by february or march. expected to focus on southern afghanistan specifically. so military experts say
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president obama will have to put pressure other than the pakistani government to rule out the taliban in the northwest provinces on their border. one pakistani general says the people there are ready to cooperate. >> i think this time the pakistan army and the people of pakistan are truly diligent to fight the war and win it, because under no circumstances, i think, that there is any futch are for pakistan unless this succeeds. so they're fighting for their future. >> masood says the u.s. could gain support sharing in the planning and execution of air strikes inside of pakistan. robin? >> richard, thank you. after a black friday stampede turned deadly last year, retailers are focusing on your safety this year. one is even having dress rehearsals for the big crowds on friday. melissa long is in for jennifer. good morning. >> retailers are being pro active when it comes to safety. best buy doing full blown dress
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rehearsals. it was last year as a walmart outside of manhattan a maintenance man working for the company was trampleed by stampeding shoppers. this year walmart will stay open 24 hours. shoppers will already be in the stores when the sales start at 5:00 a.m. target is also going to be spreading the doorbusters around the store and giving maps to shoppers. most retailers will clearly tell people in line how many doorbusters there are. handing out tickets or wrist bands, it will be first come, first served. this story just in to us. the associated press reporting toyota will replace gas pedals on almost 4 million recalled cars and truck. the move is to address problems of sudden acceleration. the recall in september came after a california highway patrolman and three family member was killed. their lexus accelerated to 120 miles an hour and crashed. toyota says the problem was the floor mat getting stuck on top of the pedal. drivers are told remove the
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driver side floor mats to be replaced. until the pedals are switched out entirely, the japanese makers will have in shorten the pedal. a recall of 4.8 million under the toyota -- >> can't imagine your car going up to 120 miles and you losing control. awful. melissa, thank you. a freshman in colorado keeps step with a high school band even though he is blind. that story is new for you in about 10 minutes. fascinating. first, though it is time to salute our troops. something we do every day every hour in the morning. staff sergeant luis rodriguez. his wife is so proud of the job he does every day and this holiday season will not be the same without him and that she loves hip with awful her heart and cannot wait for his safe return. if you have somebody in the service and want to salute them, go ahead. cnn.com/robin. millions of you are hitting
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roads and airports for the holiday weekend. before you rush out the door here, let me tell what you you'll expect out there, including the forecast. obviously a direct impact on your travel, and why doctors at one hospital are being told, lose the tie.
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all right. i know a lot of you are up now because you're traveling today. bob van dillen with airport delays and there are many already. >> yeah. one delay that's long. 47-minute delay in philadelphia because of low clouds and the same could be said for washington, d.c. take you live now, a look at the capitol building. capitol dome, can barely see it. the steam from the lower levels and low clouds up there, too. delays there as well. and here's what it looks like across the region. airplane traffic looking healthy
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now. new york city metro, philadelphia, back in towards baltimore, d.c., even towards chicagoland rain and some showers a possibility around detroit. here's what it looks like for the day. already that delay in philadelphia. 47 minutes. that's going to last the entire day. chicago metro, watch for an hour or more today. minneapolis rain and snow one-hour delay. more delays baufr low-level clouds. boston, philadelphia, new york, d.c. metro, seattle. showers all out there but ought to be less than an hour. right now philly you are less than an hour. that's good news. more on that, robin, in just a bit. >> patience for sure. >> absolutely. the son of the teflon don might have stumped a fourth jury. jurors in new york told the judge they were gridlocked but willing to keep trying's he said it's up to them to avoid another costly trial. john gotti jr. is charged with racket tiering and murder. prosecutors say that gotti ordered murders and brutal attacks. his attorney denies it. it's not just secretly
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leaving town to visit his argentine mistress that could cost the south carolina governor mark sanford his job. a panel started debating possible impeachment yesterday. they're considering 37 additional ethics chashgs accusing him of wasting state money on flight upgrades among other things, but sanford stood firm. >> there apparently have been eight governors in the united states all on major charges. if you look at using a business class ticket as a ground in which to impeach, it will be new grounds. i'm give you that. >> sanford's attorney says he will eventually respond more specifically to the ethics charges. a hospital is banning neck ties on the doctors. the jersey city medical center says it's for the patient's safety. the fear is that ties help spread germs or get in the way during medical procedures. both patients and doctors seem to think it's a good idea. >> the tie can get in the way of
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certain procedures they're doing. i do believe that. because ties -- i mean i don't see a necessary need for a tie here to save a life and not look handsome. >> i'll save my neck ties for dinner parties. >> all right. one doctor even said she'd like to get rid of the lab coats as well. some drama and mystery at notre dame surrounding the star quarterback. larry smith in for rafer with more on that. >> good morning, robin. as if notre dame needs more drama? right? the head coach about to be fired and now the quarterback gets sucker punched. out at a punch with family members of his girlfriend 2:00 a.m., reportedly sucker punched. claussen wore a tinted face guard to hide evidence from the media and the coach ruled players and coaches off limits to the media this week as he wants to talk about only one thing. >> we're talking about stanford. >> what about stanford? >> want to ask plea about a question about stanford, i'm all
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ears. this is stanford week. this is a stanford press conference. we're talking about stanford. ask me a question about stanford. please. anything about stanford. >> the allen iverson practice. practice. what practice? >> yeah. a violation of team rules. it not clear if this is connected to a fight at a dorm sunday night. witnesses told the student newspaper more than a dozen men, some described as football players, injured several students. one of the dismissed, glen winston, was suspended last seize and spent four months in jail for seriously injuring an msu hockey player. the man responsible for luxury suite video screens died. an innovate here bought the team in 1964 then known at the bullets and 12 years ago changed it to take a stand against violence. he was 85 years old. don't mind hanging out with turkeys. super bowl star santonio holmes
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back in florida handing out free turkeys while charger tomlinson did the honors in san diego getting ready for thanksgiving. >> nice way to help. thank you. the judges on abc's "dancing with the stars" must have been feeling some puppy love, because donny osmond tang ode his way to the title. the 51-year-old singer -- sorry. the 51-year-old entertainer beat singer mya. the osmented sister marie must have been proud. she came in so close a few years ago, and how's this for a surprise performance? ♪ and when the night i want to dance with somebody snowed. >> whitney houston sang her hit "i want to dance with somebody" and a song off her new album as well. >> really get the big name there's. don't they? pass the turkey and the tamiflu. the cdc has concerns and tips
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thousand stop the spread of the h1n1 during the holiday around the family table. and wild baboons attacking people and stealing their stuff. what one town is doing about it.
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you're probably up early. right? travel for thanksgiving, aaa predicts a record number of people will travel for the holiday weekend. talking more than 38 million. aa also says there will be about a 6.6% drop in air travel from last year. might be a good thing when you look at forecast coming up. and the space station. astronaut nicole smith has been in space since august and wants to see her family and get a pizza already. astronaut randolph bresnik wants to see the baby daughter born saturday while he was in space. a direct result of the shooting spree in ft. hood, security severely tightened. armed guards stationened around
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the post. random inspections of any containers. soldiers now have to register their personal firearms. i just wanted to say good morning to you and help hello if you're watching from an airline terminal. here the what's going on -- new this morning, south carolina police found a baby boy missing since monday. they tracked him down at a home in somerville just after midnight. help is fine and reunited with parents, thank goodness. a 19-year-old woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping. the 1-month-old disappeared from his mom's car while she was dropping off mail. have you seen the gown that the first lady michelle obama war last night? this was at the obama's first state dinner they held honoring india's prime minister. the gown, beautiful, came from an indian-born designer. it was made at his family's shop in india. he says 40 people worked on it for three week. turned out beautifully. 11 days, and $11.
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a teen way developmental disorder vanished inside the new york subway system for a week and a half. can you imagine? before he was finally found. francisco hernandez jr. said he got in trouble at school and didn't want anybody to yell at him, so the 13-year-old bought lollipops and chips at stations and rode and he rode and he rode. >> i stay like this, he's never explained what happened in these days. >> reporter: still hasn't been able to tell you what happened? >> no. he don't explain to me. look now, he's -- no expression. knowledge. >> reporter: how did you live? what did you eat? >> a sandwich and mostly whatever i could find. >> only $11 is all he had. the boy told his mother he didn't ask for help or speak with anyone. finally, a transit officer recognized him from a missing person's poster that had been put up. we're going to have to wait until next year. next week, i'm sorry. it's next week to hear president
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obama's plans for sending more troops to afghanistan. a defense department official says that the president will likely call for 34,000 additional men and women and there's already reaction from both sides of the debate. >> the other thing this does by adding more troops is it only enforces or reinforces the taliban's desire to end the foreign occupation of their country. they're only going to fight harder. so by adding more troops you take away any incentive from the karzai regime to negotiate and you embolden the other side to continue fighting. >> and i think we have to find a way to leave behind some kind of structure that we can work with that won't be a terrorist state, and we have to get our troops out of there, and i believe that's what the obama administration is trying to do. >> core tonight richard lui joins us now. how much would these additional troops cost? >> robin it actually works out to roughly $1 million per soldier and several house democrats proposed a new tax to
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try to paper for that. congressman david obey says we have to find a way to pay for health care reform, we should do the same for the afghan war. >> i don't want to see the restructuring and reforming of our own economy wiped out because we get stuck in a ten-year war. a war that isn't paid for. >> house speaker nancy pelosi rejected a similar idea just two years ago but yesterday, robin, shleft the door open for that proposal. >> what about nato? will any of the member countries here commit to sending more troops as well? >> robin, so far only britain has agreed to send more troops. about 500. it's being debated in that country itself. but military officials suggest president obama could ask nato for about 6,000 more troops. that would fill the gap between the 34,000 he will likely send and the 40,000 that general stanley mcchrystal had wanted. the request is expected to come during a nato meeting on december 7th. a pentagon spokesman would not
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discuss numbers but said nato would be asked for additional help. >> once again, expecting to hear the announcement after thanksgiving. richard, thank you. if you're going to a hot tourist spot say in south africa, watch out for baboons. check this out. in cape town, packs of baboons go around breaking into cars looking for food, and apparently they don't care if you're in the car or not. people getting the pictures. doesn't he look like he's in the passenger seat like, yeah, this is my car. a group that monitors baboons in the area says she spend all day rescuing tourists. >> look at the -- fb they weren't intimidating enough, the red spots. >> something you don't have to worry about for thanksgiving travel. you do need to worry about weather blobs, just like they're strategically placed over some of the biggest airports in the country. >> it's true. delayed the philadelphia airport because of low clouds and poor visibility. this weather brought to you by
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tylenol. oh, feel better. what it looks like across the region. this area around florida, zero in on it. getting in towards miami where the heaviest rain is falling. the path, headed towards tampa, in towards orlando. one to 0 two ith of the rain for the peninsula of florida all day today and just starting around miami. around the keys, lightning and heavy rain out there. you catch it at miami. no doubt about it at this point. and scattered showers, the rain makes its way in towards georgia. the other storm system we're watching right around the great lakes. if you live in michigan, ontario, back in across the u.p. of michigan and wisconsin, you're getting the rain. scattered showers on the bottom side of that near northern illinois. watch for delays around o'hare, midway, across minneapolis-st. paul as the rain switches to snow later today. and chicago metro radar. most of the rain around lake michigan. more scattered showers out there. low clouds hanging and tough as well. watch for delays here.
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green bay, wisconsin, radar coming through and then you get back off towards the west, it's rain switching over temporarily to snow and then back to rain again for you in nebraska, northern kansas and look at minneapolis. blue is all rain. the white is snow. yeah. msp, getting delayed there, too. all the air traffic delays oning up, robin, in about ten minutes. >> i have a better angle to the baboons bothering tourists in south africa. one of our former crew members says friends were skinny-dipping in south africa and a baboon came and stole their swimsuits. stole their swimsuits. >> i hope they have fig leaves down in south africa. you know? >> all right. yeah. she says her friends were doing it. your friends could sell you out. what companies are offering your twitter friends to get access to you. and the widow of late senator edward kennedy talks now about the one event he wanted to attend before he died.
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senator ed kennedy's widow is sharing what her life was like in its final months in an interview with oprah. vicki kennedy said despite her husband's brain cancer he was fighting to make it to president obama's inauguration. >> when he said at the democratic convention he would be there in january, and then barack obama was elected what was he saying to you privately? >> oh. there just wasn't a question about it. he was in training to be there in january.
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>> was he? >> oh, no. serious training. he was exercising every single day to be strong enough to be there. >> vicki kennedy also made it clear that she will not run for his senate seat, but she says that kennedy's 11-year-old grandson already says that he plans to. remember the "maersk alabama" ship captain rescued? he's being enlisted by the salvation army. helping kick off the red kettle campaign as honorary chairperson. he really has not enjoyed being in the spotlight but tried to put his notoriety to good use. >> truth ever the matter is, you don't have to go to sleep thanksgiving flight to start getting the deals. black friday deals start really early this year. melissa long in for jennifer with the times everybody's opening their stores. >> stores are staggering their open times but there are stores that are just going to be open perpetually. we'll tell you which will be open and as robin mentioned you
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don't need to go to sleep. once you've digested, cleaned up the kitchen, watched football. guess what? go shopping already. the chain store that plans to open at 12:00 friday morning, toys "r" us. also at old navy, jcpenney, sears. walmart along with competitor target and by 6:00 in the morning, shoppers can file into kmart and home depot. black friday, some stores actually open on thanksgiving day itself, including walmart, kmart, gap, old navy and banana republican stores. we have been scanning ads and websites to find some of the best black friday deals out there. highlight a couple for you this morning. one of home depot's doorbusters is a drill and circular saw kit. perhaps for the handy guy on your holiday shopping list. sale price, $50. savings of $100. if you want to be more practical with gift-giving or maybe give yourself a home, a new washer and dryer sears is selling. a kenmore washer/dryer combo for
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$580. 55% savings over the regular retail price. for more black friday deals go to cnn.com/robin and click on the icon that says important websites. and can you cash in on twitter. friends might not be too happy about your decision. a handful of companies will pay you for your list of twitter followers so they can send them tweets with afterwardsments. >> feels so unfair. >> i don't think i'd do it. they're going to be angry, right? following you for a reason. not because they want ads. >> the more followers you have the more money you can make. enticing for some. several celebs sold their lists including kim kardashian and nicole richie. no word how much money received. >> thank you. by the way, if you want to chat on facebook about some of the great deals you're watching and finding, why not share? let's help each other. go to our facebook page. cnn.com/rob and there's a little icon, click it, take you rice to
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facebook. i don't think you have to sign up for 12u6. a basset hound naked roxy is okay even after she ate 100 nails. check out the x-ray photo. roxy, what were you thinking? she the owner took her to the vet when she realized what happened. the vet sedated the dog and took them out a little at at time. no, no. don't eat those. did you know judge judy may not be quite as tough as she seems op her show? joy behar got to see the softer side of judge judy last night. >> you are tough. you are a tough lady. in that courtroom, baby. >> oh, no, no. >> i know you. you're like a really sweet pussycat. >> i am. >> when you get on that bench, you turn -- >> a different persona. fortunately for my husband it's a different persona. >> and probably your children, too. >> especially the grandchildren. >> yeah. what do they say when she see you on television screaming at someone like that? >> they laugh.
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there's grandma she's spatting off again. >> so be sure to check out our thanksgiving day joy behar show marathon. you can watch it from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. eastern tomorrow, or tonight on the show. joy's going to be talking with funnyman bill murray. should be pretty good. let's see how the airports are looking this morning. now, bob was saying he wasn't so sure about chicago o'hare, wasn't going to see delays. o'hare, not midway, right? a live look, only 6:45 in the morning there. already, lots of crowds, lots of people going do i go in the family aisle or the professional traveler aisle? know what you're doing if you go in a pro aisle. when they split it up, it's helpful, but, man, the crowds today. checking in on the weather forecast really throwing a wrench into things. can you imagine a bank robber getting emotional during a holdup? here's one. police say he had tears in his eyes while he was holding up the
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bank. when you hear why he cried, may feel a little sympathy. plus, a tribute to michael jackson comes together. one dot at a time. you can help put on the finishing touches.
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who's ever heard of a bank robber who cries while he does a holdup? witnesses say it happened at this bank yesterday. to make it weirder, the robber had a personal conversation with the teller. >> and he says, yeah, i used to work for this bank, and you guys still owe me money, and so he demanded a specific amount, and then the teller gave limb cash, and they had a conversation. he said he has some medical problems. he was crying. kind of an unusual circumstances for a bank robbery. >> you think? well, no one at the bank even recognized him as a form are employee. the holidays are approaching. like tomorrow. and guess what the new jersey nets want more than anything.
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a win! how awful is that? hi, larry in for rafer. >> just one. that's all. not a bunch of them, just one win. there's bad and then there's the nets. the nba record for the most consecutive losses to start a season is 17. the nets are three games away from tying that mark. another loss last night in denver. 101-87. it was never really close. new jersey is now 0-14 on the season. their head coach lawrence frank may not have that title much longer. this was the most frustrating loss of them all. certainly a comedy of errors. unforced errors. stupid stuff. the nets did win in another court. new york's top court. the court of appeals ruled the state can use eminent domain to force homeowners and businesses to sell their properties to make way for a massive development in brooklyn that would include a new arena for the nets. some argued the seizure of property is unconstitutional. others say the nets should at least win on their own before giving them a new arena. a spectacular crash during a
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boat race on saturday. look at this video. this boat was going about 170 miles per hour. incredibly, the walked away at first but later went to the hospital with internal injuries. will the university of georgia replace their beloved mascot with a robot? peta wants uga to use a robot. peta said it would be a fitting tribute to stop the inbreeding of bull dogs by replacing him with a robot. my daughter got a robotic cat for her birthday. incredibly lifelike. >> apparently one of the hot toys is a robotic hamster. look at this motorcyclist. he darted around traffic in and out of it on some of atlanta's busiest highways. police say he decided to run from cops because he had a
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suspended license. against what? he didn't get away. now obviously in a lot more trouble. we just had a live look at chicago o'hare. it was obviously crowded. it is one of the places where bob said there will probably be trouble for fliers today. >> weather-related, too, not just volume. rain and low cloud delays around o'hare and midway, an hour or so delay. to the west, minneapolis rain switching to snow, probably an hour or more delay there. new york city metros, low clouds hanging in there, miami looking at showers and thunderstorms. philadelphia, 47-minute delay, newark, low clouds, 30-minute delays there, one more, atlanta, ground stop until 8:30 because of the low clouds. this afternoon, the busiest airport, atlanta, should be okay. just the morning is the problem. >> here's how it shakes out. more people are driving this year because they can't afford
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to fly. two nuns were trying to give advice when the person they were talking to tried to rob them. hear what police did.
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good morning. thinking about tomorrow and who's making the turkey and the pumpkin pie? as you're packing i'm sure. good morning, i'm robin meade. have you checked your flight stat you us yet if you're flying today? wur we're hearing about delays across the country right now or expected. the airports obviously aren't the only place you'll see all the thanksgiving rush this career. we'll check out the roads as well. plus -- >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> that means apparently thousands more troops may be called to duty in afghanistan. president obama has a big announcement, we learned, coming next week. and some doctors are taking a more casual approach to your health. why they're saying no to
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neckties. first, on mark, get set, go. the travel rush is on. you may be surprised that more people are traveling this year than last. about 38.5 million are expected to head out for the holiday weekend. but aaa says that air travel is expected to drop because many people in these economic times cannot find flights that they can afford. looking for the cheaper alternative, by car. you may be traveling this holiday weekend. right now let's check on the travel forecast which you know has a direct impact on whether your flight will be on time. no snow problems at least, bob. >> no. no snow problems yet. this is reagan national behind me in washington. you see the volume starting to pick up. 8:00 already, no delays at reagan or dulles in d.c. i think we'll get some. we have a delay in philadelphia. jersey, pennsylvania, new york, philadelphia, 47-minute delay, lasts all day because of the low clouds, 30-minute delay towards
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newark because of the low clouds as well. ground stop in atlanta with low clouds this morning until 8:30. atlanta looks pretty good for the afternoon. the rest of the region, not so good. o'hare, midway watch for delays there, minneapolis and most of florida also. more in a couple of minutes, rob. >> thank you very much. president obama says that he will announce after thanksgiving his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. a former member of the president's national security council says that the troops will play a vital role just as they did in the surge for iraq. or surge in iraq. >> we talked internally at the white house t. wasn't a surge. it was a bridge. to fill this gap in security forces. it took about two years in iraq. i think it will take longer in afghanistan. >> we're looking into how many troops he's expected to send and what the mission would be. correspondent richard lui joins us in a few minutes with those details. new this morning --
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fire crews are trying to keep a wildfire away from expensive homes in southern california. the fire broke out last night. the crew s making headway despie wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour. they're using a nearby highway as a containment line. all lanes have been shut down. officials are warning people nearby to be ready to evacuate. you may be one of the millions of americans looking online already for black friday deals. melissa long is in for jennifer and tells you about a huge spike in traffic to the black friday websites. good morning. >> good morning. a big indicator that we could have a big day on black friday, research from experian says the blook friday websites that show you the big ads have recorded on 83% increase in traffic last week. these are the websites like bfads, 2009fridayfrakads.com. walmart is getting by far the most traffic followed by target
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and best buy. we have a link to some of the sites, of course, easily accessible at cnn.com/robin. >> thank you. you you can get on our facebook page and share the best deals you you're finding. 11 days and $11. a team with a form of autism vanished inside the new york subway system. can you imagine? for a week and a half before he was found. francisco hernandez jr. said he got in trouble at school and didn't want anybody to yell at him so the 13-year-old just bought lollipops and chips at the stations and rode and rode and rode. >> i stay all the time like this he's never explaining what happened. >> he still hasn't been able to tell you what happened. >> no. just don't explain me. lucky now he's ksh he don't express nothing. >> how did you live? bha did y what did you you eat? >> sandwich, whatever i could
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buy. >> isn't that something? the boy told his mother he didn't ask anybody for help or speak with anybody. finally a transit officer recognized him from a missing persons poster. president obama hosted his first state dinner. the get of honor was the prime minister of india. analysts says it shows president obama's commitment to strong ties with the world's largest democracy. 338 people were on the guest list, including many celebs and big-money democratic donors. travel, that's all that's on your mind today. let's talk right now about the weather because if you're flying or driving of course that has a great impact. >> the big picture located here, the eastern half of the nation is really where all the weather will be found over the next 12 hours, light rain around the puget sounded and washington state. the heaviest stuff is in florida
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and more rain in the upper-level low across the great lakes. travel problems for you, wind, rain and low clouds. here's what it looks like in florida. look at that line of showers coming up out of the gulf and off the atlantic going through miami. towards miami metro radar, look at the line of thunderstorms overhead. that is heavy rain right now, directly over the radar site stretching into miami, ftft. ft. lauderdale, boca raton, too. one to two ivlgs of rain there today. tough on roads, tough in the air for orlando, tam will pa an miami, even ft. lauderdale. look at the rain over jacksonville, a little lighter but drier air works its way into northern georgia. then it turns into cloud cover again basically from the entire great lakes to the northeast. the rain itself is whattor you're looking at on the radar. all spinning around the upper-level low right around michigan. the heaviest rain pulling away from chicago, more low clouds out there, light rain, too. that is o'hare here, midway, scattered to light showers a possibility this morning.
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more rain for the afternoon. watch for delays there. heavier downpours by green bay. you get to the west a little farther, rain changing into snow temporarily from nebraska through canness cannes. minneapolis, rain switching to snow for you, msp, anticipate delays. the west coast, looks okay across the coastline. look at the low pressure system south of alaska. energy affecting seattle and portland with clouds with the bona fide rain around seattle. more details and a look at the air traffic delays in a couple of minutes. >> to review, miami and ftft. ft. lauderdale. >> yes. watch out this afternoon. >> chicago o'hare. >> not so good. atlanta in a ground stop because of low clouds for the next 23 minutes. not shaping up to be a good one on the east coast. toyota is reportedly taking a big step to fix a potentially deadly problem. how a plant will will stop your car from suddenly accelerating out of control.
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forget turkey and ham. let's make sure not to pass the swine flu at the thanksgiving table.
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good morning, travelers. here's a good look at how the day might go for you. this is midtown atlanta. i wanted to show you this because the atlanta hartsfield-jackson international airport where many flights will connect is in a 20-minute ground stop yet. let me show you a place where it's good for travelers right now. the west coast is looking so much better. san francisco apparently the flying is good because the weather is very good. so we'll keep you on top of all this stuff. it is time right now for our sa light to the troops. adella rodriguez wants to salute her husband. she's so proud of the job that he does every day and at this holiday season just won't be the same without him home. and she loves him with all of her heart and cannot 8 for his
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safe return. maybe you have somebody in the service that you love. president obama says he'll announce after thanksgiving his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. during a white house news conference last night he talked about his goals there. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have i think either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job. >> correspondent richard lui joins us now. do we know how many troops we're talking about here possibly? to get the job done as he put it. >> that number right now 34,000, defense department officials say that number of additional troops. three army brigades of about 15,000 services, a marine bury grade of about 8,000 troops,
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70,000 for headquarters and 4,000 to 5,000 support troops. rye now brigamilitary officials here they could be on the ground by february or march. >> so the u.s. is also going to need a lot of help i would imagine from partners in the region. how does pakistan fit into that strategy/. >> you hit it on the head there. the u.s. troop surge is expected to focus on southern afghanistan. military experts says president obama will have to put pressure on the pakistani government to root out the taliban in the northwest provinces on the border. one pakistani general says people there are ready to cooperate. >> i think the people of pakistan and army are diligent to fight this war and win it because under no circumstances is there any future for pack i fan unless this succeeds. so they're fightering for their computer. >> the retired general also says the us could also gain support by sharing control of the
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planning and execution, robin, of air strikes inside of pakistan. >> richard, thank you. once again, we'll get word next week. retalers are focusing on safety this year for black friday. 1 is having a dress rehearse al. they better be rehearsing because some of them open so early. >> absolutely. they're being proactive this year. will among them, best buy doing the full-scale dress rehearsal at many stores according to "usa today." last year a walmart outside of new york city a maintenance man was trampled by stampeding p shoppers. this year, walmarts will stay open 24 hours and shoppers already be in the stores when the sales start at 5:00 a.m. target will also be spreading the door busters around the store, giving maps to shoppers. most retailers will clearly tell people in line how many door busters there are. they'll hand out tickets or wristbands, first come, first served. new this morning, toyota will replace the gas pedals on
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almost 4 million recalled trucks and cars. the move is to address problems of sudden acceleration. the recall back in september came after a california highway patrolman and three of his family members were killed. their lexus accelerated to 120 miles an hour and crashed. toyota says that the problem was with the floor mat getting stuck on top of the pedal. drivers are told to remove the driver's side floor mat to be safe. until the pedals are switched out, the gas pedals' length will be shortened starting in january. also, real estate agents may have a little more to be thankful for. new figures out this morning at 10:00 a.m. are expected to point to the housing market regaining some footing after a staggering collapse. it's anticipated the sales of new homes will post a modest 2% increase for last month. in october, many home buyers were motivated to buy before the tax credit was scheduled to expire. as you know, the $8,000 credit
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has been extended into 2010. >> thank you. you know what your friends could sell you out. what companies are offering twitter friends to get access to you. also, sure, times are tough, but who would rob a nun?
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sounds like your emotions as you're getting ready to fly today.
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your family might be sharing more and turkey and pum will kin pie this hopd. health officials are worried that thanksgiving crowds will spread the h1n1 virus. the cdc urges you to wash your hands and cover your face, your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve. the judges on abc's dangerodances with the stars may have been feeling some puppy love because donny osmond danced his way to the top. he was happy. he was really happy about it. osmond's sister marie must have been proud because she came this close just a few years back. and how's this for a guest performance? ♪ it it's whitney! she sang "i wanna dance with
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somebody" and a hit off her new album as well. her coach may be fired and now a late-night mystery that has its star quarterback hiding his eyes? the notre dame soap opera. what's up with this? >> quarterback jimmy clawson was attacked not in a visiting town but right there at home in south bend, indiana, where he goes to school at notre dame. he was reportedly sucker-punched according to anonymous university official. he wore a guard to hide any evidence and his coach charlie weiss has had enough. he has ruled out his players and coaches, all are off limits until the weekend as he wants to talk about only one thing. >> we're talking about stanford. you want to ask me a question about stanford? i'm all ears.
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it's stanford week. this is the stanford press conference. ron weeshgs talking about stanford. ask me a question about stanford, please. anything about stanford ready. >> i don't want to. michigan state has missed two football players because of a violation of rules. it's not connection if this is connected to a fight on campus. more than a dozen men, some described as football players, came in and injured several students, one of the players dismissed winston was suspended last season and spent time in jail after he seriously injured a michigan state hockey player. nba commissioner david stern says the league has lost its most revered member. abe p ollin came up with the idea of luxury suites, also known as the guy who fired michael jordan from his executive job with the wizards. nfl players this time of year don't mind hanging out with
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turkeys. santonio holmes spent time handing out turkeys. ladainian tomlinson did the honors in san diego. good guys for a good cause. >> really nice of them. the fbi is adding two people to its most-wanted terrorist list. this man is wanted for his role in the 2000 bombing of the "uss cole" and one involved inned bombing of pan am flight 830. you may remember the diverted flight where passengers with were forced to spend the night on the tarmac. what the feds are doing to make sure something like that doesn't happen to you.
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>> a military career spanning 28 years, one of the nation's most highly decorated officers. she was inducted into the women's national hall of fame. welcome to comcast local edition. my guest this hour is brigadier general wilma vaught, president of women in military service for america memorial foundation. >> thanks for joining me. >> it's a pleasure. >> what's the significance of the women in military service for america foundation? >> memorial foundation. >> it's the only mental motherally that pays tribute to women of all eras who have
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served in our nation's armed forces. further, it's unique in the world. there isn't anyplace else that has a memorial like this, honoring the women who served the nation. >> and women have been participating in wars forever. >> you're right, back to deborah. >> most definitely. >> and so when we get to the memorial, what will we find? this. >> you will find a place with an exterior and an interior. we built and education center. our feeling was that people didn't know anything about what women had done. >> correct. >> we needed to tell this story. we did the education center. inside the education center, you will find exhibits giving a chronology of women's service with artifacts from those different periods of time. then we show films about their
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service. we have a gift store. we have a haul of honor, and that's a particularly unique place at the present time, because that's where we pay tribute to the women who have been canes in these present conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. and then there is the register, which is the heart of the memorial. that's where the records of the women who are registered, you can go in and look them up an computers, and they come up on the screen, and if they've submitted a picture, it will have their picture, name, record of service, what decorations they have, and if they've chosen to do so, it will have their memorable experiences. some of those are really wonderful to read. >> so, we can find out about as many people that women who have actually registered to find out about their military career. >> that's correct, that's some
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340,000 women, which sounds like a big number, and it is. but when you think of the fact that there has been two and a half million women or more who have served, it's a small percentage. >> and so how can we encourage women who have served to submit their stories? by outreach, emails, how can we get them to submit their stories. >> any and all ways, including email and outreach. if you go on our website, womensmemorial.org and register, there's a simple form that you fill out, doesn't take over 10 or 15 minutes to do. you can submit your picture on line. and even though we ask for a small donation. >> right. >> that's optional. you can do it, you don't have to donate at all to register. we're very interested in getting people registered.
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and you can call our office. we have a simple 800 number to call, 1800 i absolute. and you can get information sent to you if you're not on the internet. >> where is the memorial located? >> it is the main gate at arlington national cemetery. we're directly across from the lincoln memorial, and just down the hill from arlington house, the lee kustos mansion. >> it sounds incredible. i hope every current and veteran service woman will submit their information to tell their story. >> i would hope so. i would just be delirious with joy. >> thank you. >> my guest has been brigadier
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general wilma vaught. if you're interested in what
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you you may be up early today to get a headsi heads-up thanksgiving travel. more than 38 million will travel this weekend. aaa also says there will be a 6.7% drop in air travel from last year. bob is keeping right on top of what the forecast is doing for travel. so far this morning, not the greatest. a direct result of the shooting spree at ft. hood, security is being severely tightened there. armed guards will be stationed around the post, randed om inspections of any containers will be made. this morning the space shuttle "atlantis" unyou docked from the international space station. nicole smith has been in orbit since august says she wants to
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see her family and get a pizza already. another astronaut wants to see the baby daughter born saturday while he was in space. good morning, travelers, good morning everybody planning meet for everybody. welcome. i'm robin meade. we have to wait until next week to hear president obama's plans for sending more troops to afghanistan. a defense department official says that the president will likely call for 34,000 additional men and women. now, one terrorism expert says is a specific strategy behind that number. >> that actually can make a big difference in times of securing kandahar, the second largest city in the country, the kandahar to kabul road, the most important road in the country. that number was not just picked out of thin air. it does have very specific tasks that will be attached to that number. >> correspondent richard lui, you how much would those additional troops cost? >> robin, it would work out to roughly a million dollars per
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shoulder. several democrat want to raise taxes to pay for it. middle-class households would end up paying about $200 at the most. but wealthier families would see their tax rates vary depending on how much the government needs to cover war costs. this sur tax would not kick in until at least 2011. there's an exemption for military members who have served in combat since 9/11 and the families of troops who have died in combat. >> interesting. what about nato? will any of its member countries commit to more troops? >> so far only britain has agreed to send more troops bshgs 500. the military suggests president obama could ask nato for about 6,000 more troops, that would fill the gap between 34,000 he will likely send the 40,000 that general stanley mcchrystal had wanted. the request is expected to come during a nato meeting december 7th. >> richard, thank you. for the first time, the faa,
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get this, is fining three airlines a total of $175,000 for stranding passengers on a tarmac. do you remember last august a plane full of people was diverted and end up in minnesota? people were forced to stay on that cramped plane overnight. it was like six hours with screaming babies, clogged toy lets. the workers refused to open the kerm nal for them. the mothers of three u.s. hikers held in iran are again asking for their release t. has been almost four months since they were arrested after crossing into iran from northern iraq. their mothers are sending a video message to their children and the leaders of iran and our sister network cnn, one mother talked about why they're doing this. >> they've been slivirtually cu off from the outside world. we cannot even begin to imagine how difficult that is for them. we're thinking maybe, maybe, they'll be able to see us, all three mothers, hear our voices,
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and get great comfort in that. >> during a visit to brazil this week, iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad insisted the case will go through his nation's courts. he said he hoped the penalty would not be severe. are you on time at 34 minutes past the hour? my wish for you today is that your travel is on time. it's like you hurry, hurry, and then you're left with delays. hi, bob. >> that might be the case for a lot of folks today, rob. i want to the start with tradar around miami, florida, back towards central florida. you can see with the radar, zero in toward miami radar, most of it spinning aroundment the heavy thunderstorms are overhead, stretching all the way to the mid-keys. it will get in toward orlando. the entire seaboard will get rain here and there over the next 48 hours. let me show you how much rain we're anticipating today,
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tonight, tomorrow. computer models painting a good deal off the coast. inland from the great lakes through the ohio valley, north jersey, north philadelphia, lower new york, the darker shade of blue is about a half to a quarter inch of rainfall. we'll see the rain and low clouds there. not only today but into tonight and tomorrow. the green shade in connecticut, about an inch of rain mainly tonight and tomorrow. let me show you the new york city tower cam, clouds already in place. laguardia now 36-minute delay. that's the average. that will last the entire day. poor visibility, a couple of stories up you there looking at central park. you can't see it. that's howclouds. he rain is here toward northern michigan tresch stretching into. this is o'hare. let me take you inside to o'hare. the volume of folks getting up there. yeah, you can see it's a little busy now.
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7:35 your time, seeing a lot of folks crashing the gates. just get a couple of sausages and just relax. no delays at o'hare right now, but i think we'll get some especially this afternoon. more in about a half hour, rob. >> if you haven't flown in a while, a lot of the bigger airports are divvying up the travel lines. it will say, are you a professional traveler? are you a novice? are you a family? you have to stand there and go -- you know, if you're saying you you're a good traveler, you better be good in the security line. how big is your holiday turkey? no matter how big it is, you'll probably eat too much and get sleepy. is it the trip toe fan that makes us sleepy? we'll see. this guy must have watched "easy rider" one too many times. why was he zipping through traffic at speeds up to 100 miles an hour?
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take a look at this motorcyclist. he led cops on a chase at speeds up to 100 miles an hour and along the way darted around traffic on some of atlanta's busiest highways. police say that he apparently decided to make a getaway because he had a suspended license. but guess what? he didn't get away and now he's in a lot more trouble. uh-huh. a hospital is banning neckties on doctors. the jersey city medical center says it's for the patients' safety. the fear is that the ties help spread germs or even get in the way during medical procedures. both patients and doctors seem to like the idea. >> the tie gets in the way of what they're doing. i do believe that. because as far as i'm -- i don't see the need for a tie to save a life, not look handsome. >> i'll save my neckties for
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dinner parties. >> one doctor said she would like to get rid of the lab coats as well. the weekly jobless claims this week fell to their lowest level in more than a year. man that sounds like positive news. melissa long is in for jennifer. >> more information to be thankful for as we're looking at the economy this morning. the number for jobless claims falling by 35,000 to 466,000, the lowest level we have seen since september of last year. the number of people receiving benefits also fell sharply. down 190,000 to about 5.4 million people. how early do you want to get up on black friday? for some, there's no need to actually go to sleep. once you've digested, watched football, cleaned up the kitchen, toys "r" us will be ready for you to shop. it will open at 12:01, you can shop early at old navy, cj penny
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and sears. by 6:00 a.m., shoppers can start filing into kmart and home depot on black friday. some stores will be open on thanksgiving itself including walmart, kmart, gap, old navy, banana republic stores. we have been scanning the ads and websites to find the best black friday deals for you. here are a couple we wanted to highlight. one of the door busters, a play station 3 bundle, two games, little big planet and ratchet and claink, a savings of more than $100. at toys "r" us, you can buy this furry friend for $100. go to cnn.com/robin for more deals and click on the important websites link. >> if you want to swap the different idea that you found for the best sales, do that on our facebook page. let's help each other. >> great idea. absolutely. the facebook page for morning
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express. also, you can cash in on twitter, but i don't know if your friends will be too happy about this. a handful of companies will pay you for your list of twitter followers so they can send them tweets with advertisements. the more followers you have the more money you can make. several celebrities sold their lists. we have no word on how much money they received for selling off their followers. >> i know on one hand, great, you'll make money for all the twittering you do on the other hand, what a crock! >> i don't think i would want to get ambushed with that. the star of the thanksgiving meal is turkey, right? does it really make you sleepy? we're going "beyond the surface" to find out. >> one of the most widely accepted myths is the idea that turkey makes you sleepy. it's just become accepted wisdom that you eat a big meal on thanksgiving, you'll get sleepy because of the turkey. people even seem to know why.
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it's the tryptophan. turkey has no more than chicken or ground beef and has less than pork or cheese. you never hear anyone say, the ham and cheese made me sleepy. there's some truth to the idea that tryptophan makes you sleepy. tryptophan is absorbed badly with food so when you've eaten your big meal and you've gotten real tired, it could be the alcohol, could be the big meal, but it's absolutely not because of the turkey. have you seen the beautiful gown that the first lady wore at last night's state dinner? wow, was it pretty. find out how her dress is related to india and how many people it took to get the gown done.
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let's check in with bob for
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many of our travelers. many are watching from the terminal or home wondering how bad it will be today. >> new update for you, laguardia has about a 26 to 30-minute delay. that will start in a half hour and lasts the entire day. count on an extra half hour. philadelphia, 47-minute delay. count on that the entire day and also newark, liberty, jersey, 15 to 30-minute delay because of cloud cover. sabre flight explorer, a lot of volume up there. most of it across the east coast, more around cleveland, detroit. l.a. looks pretty good. we have a live shot coming in from lax. going to be warm if you're headed toward los angeles. low 80s today, don't anticipate any problems near the airport. the hills of los angeles county, winds gustding to 35 miles per hour. keep that in mind. little bumpy once you get into the valley should be just fine. more many in a bit, rob. two georgia teachers jailed for having sex with students have been freed.
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now lawmakers want to close the legal loophole that allowed it to happen. a supreme court ruled that the teacher should have been able to use consent as a defense. you may remember debra lafave. her ex-husband talked with hln's mike galanos. >> you really can't make sense of it. the boy was 14, a minor. fortunately, unfortunately, there are laws protecting his privacy. so really you really don't know what's happened to him sense i. hope he has therapy. what's clear we've discussed here, there is tangible evidenced that at that age you cannot consent, you are not emotionally developed enough, psychologically developed enough. if you engage in this type of relationship, the effects and impact of your development is adverse and it's well documented. >> get the latest on any developments on that story with "prime news," 5:00 p.m. eastern right here on hln. check out this surveillance video of two nuns at a grocery
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store. they were just putting their groceries in the car and a man approached them asking for food for his family. police say the man then grabbed one with of the nuns' purses and drove off in a minivan. you can't rob a nun! sarting tomorrow, the holidays are here. guess what, the new jersey nets want more than anything, a win! will larry smith is here with that. you can't buy that. >> you really can't. robin, there's bad and then there's the nets. sorry. the nba record for most consecutive losses at the start of a season is 17. the nets are three games away from tying that record. look at the loss last night. missed free throws, air balls. 101-87 in denver- 0-14 on the season. the coach said this is the most frustrating loss of the night. even missing a high-five.
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you know, robin, look at this. the nets were the only ones taking it on the chin. look at the birthday girl. look at her. oh! >> no! >> look at the guy behind her. watch the replay. she has no idea. the guy behind -- look at his pumping his fist. look! >> i hope he's with her. oh, my gosh! >> isn't that hilarious? >> see, he's, like -- yeah, he's in on it. >> yeah. i think so. >> poor thing. >> here's the thing. the nets did get a win in another type of court. new york's top legal court has ruled the state can use eminent domain to force homeowners and businesses to sell their properties to make way for a massive development in brooklyn including a new arena for the nets. some argue that the seizure of the property is unconstitutional. the university of georgia replaced their mascot with a
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robot? peta says it would be a died la. peta says it would be a fitting tribute and go with the robot instead. >> not going to go over well. thank you. have you seen some of these wireless companies getting a lot of attention for deals on these mini laptop computers? clark howard warns if you buy one, you might be paying more than you realize. >> when's a deal not a deal? well, here's one. throughout the rest of the christmas selling season, you're going to see really big pitches from the bill cell phone companies trying to get you to buy a little computer known as a netbook, at a low price, in return for a giant handcuff. it's a two-year contract for you to buy overpriced data services
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for the cell phone. why overpriced? because it's 60 bucks a month for you to access the cell phone network to do web surfing. why is that such a bad idea? think about it. you're saving maybe $100 on the purchase in return for having a commitment to a cell phone company of $1200 or more over two years. you want one of those little computers, just buy it. for more ways for you to stay out of trouble, go to cnn.com. >> he'll teach you to save more and spend less. can you imagine a bank robber getting emotional during a hold-up? here's one. police say he had tear is in hi eyes while holding up the bank.
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it's a bank robber.
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♪ welcome to comcast local edition. i am donna richardson and my guest this hour is colonel george f. johnson iv superintendent of the maryland natural resources police. colonel, thank you for joining me. >> great to be here with you. >> in addition to being with the maryland natural resources you are president of the maryland police chief association, and who in addition to chief are your members? and who is working with you? >> it is comprised mostly of chief of police from all over the state and state government and law enforcement chiefs and county and municipalities that exist in all of the state of maryland. >> i know as a group i know
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there are several initiatives taking place. there is a new one. checkpoint strike force. >> yes, it is a research based-multi-state situation where we pick and we go out there and we look for drivers that are impaired and work to get them off of the road and we do that through our sobriarity checkpoints and our saturation patrols. >> and so, which jerse - jurisdiction, one specific area or all of the jurisdictions now involved? >> all throughout maryland, the chiefs of police have signed on. every jurisdiction signed on in some way shape or form to participate in the checkpoint strike force. >> and so do you find that the checkpoints are helpful in hopefully lowering traffic fatalities? >> absolutely.
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fatalities have been reduced 20 percent in the areas where we are doing the checkpoints . it proves to be extremely beneficial to us in many different ways. >> and do you find that the residents are supporting the checkpoints and do you have partner necessary this effort? >> yes, we do. as you know, it is a powerful organization of mothers against drunk drivers. we work with them chosely in this endeavor and other organizations. their surveys indicate 85 to 90 percent of the people they talked to support the checkpoints. >> do you do these at specific times of year or are the checkpoints ongoing initiative. >> they are ongoing initiatives. they will be taking place every week and everywhere and where you think that it is the best possible opportunity to deploy the work force and effective use
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knowledge of our people in this endeavor. >> as you are having the checkpoints and i know initially you are looking for impaired drivers, but are you finding other things when you are pulling over the impaired drivers? >> oh, yes. people are very surprised what we run into on the checkpoints. the main focus is to get the impaired drivers that use alcohol off of the streets and identify them. but we are running into people who have warrants on them. their licenses are suspended, some people have drugs in the vehicle this we were able to detect and find. there is a whole gamut of things and seat belt usage. it helps us with the seat belt initiatives and child safety seat. we are able to make different observations and of course, we put a lot of emphasis on the
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seat belt usage and child safety seat as well >> i know some jurisdiction or most of the them, there is zero tolerance if you don't have your seat belt on, it is amazing that people are still driving without them. >> it is with the seat belt usage, if you are involved in an accident with the impaired drivers that use alcohol that gives you that much more of a chance to survive. >> how can citizens assist with the checkpoint strike force? >> we need them to be our eyes and ears out there. as with many thing necessary law enforcement and we ask citizens to do. if they see a person driving erratically or aggressively and feel they are under the influence of alcohol. pick up the cell phone and dial the number 911 or what ever it is that they feel comfortable in using. >> thank you, colonel for joining me. >> donna thank you for helping
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us. >> thank you for watching comcast local edition. i am donna richason.
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good morning. 9:00 eastern time and a lot of you are probably up early because you're traveling today. morning, sunshine. i'm robin meade. have you checked your flight status? we're already hearing about delays. the airports aren't the only places you'll feel the rush on thanksgiving this year. plus -- >> it is my intention to finish the job. >> and that means apparently, thousands more troops may be called to duty in afghanistan. president obama has a big announcement coming next week. and some doctors are taking a more casual approach to your help. why they're saying no to ties. neckties. first though, morning,
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travelers. the roads and airports are starting to fill up with those of you traveling for thanksgiving. more people are traveling this year than last. about 38.5 million are expected to head out. aaa says air travel is dropping, but things are getting hectic at o'hare and the passengers are taking it in stride. >> you have to be calm and collected when you come to the airport, especially on a day like this, which is the second busiest travel day of the year. >> the sunday when everybody co comes back. some people leave today or tomorrow morning, but this is busy and the travel forecast is kind of getting delayed. >> the current ones, let me show you a live look at lax. so far, the weather right here looks good.
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it's going to be a bumpy ride getting in, but no delays at lax. also looking at reagan national, where the people are starting to pack the hallways. see folks running right there. make it, buddy, make it. if you're traveling in or out, we have a lot of volume. the jersey area, pennsylvania, newark, laguardia. current delay list, philadelphia -- newark, 15 to 30-minute delay. i'll show you that radar in a couple of minutes. president obama says that he'll announce after than thanksgivi thanksgiving, his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. during a news conference last night, he talked about his goals there. >> after eight years, some of those years in which we did not have either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it
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is my intention to finish the job. >> richard lui joins us now. do we know how many troops? >> that number right there is 34,000. defense department has been saying they've been told to draw up plans for that number of troops. here's how it would break down. right now, brigades in ft. drum new york and kentucky are next in line to deploy. they could be on the ground by february or march. >> the u.s. is also going to need a lot of help from partners in the region. how does pakistan fit in? >> military experkts say president obama will have to put pressure on the pakistani government to root out the
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taliban in the northwest provinces on their border. one retired pakistani general says people there are ready to cooperate rate. >> i think this time, the pakistan army and the people are truly dissident to fight this war because under no circumstances they think there is any future for pakistan unless they succeed, so they are fighting for their future. >> the retired general also says the u.s. could also gain support by sharing control of the planning and execution, robin, of air strikes inside pakistan. >> thank you. once again, we're supposed to get official word next week. a county in new york isn't wasting any time responding to a recall of 2 million stork craft drop-side cribs. one woman in the area has been fighting for this for 12 years, ever since her 10-month-old suffocated in one. >> i went into his room and i
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found his neck caught between the head board and the side rail. >> after the recall, the consumer products safety commission admitted that it didn't move quickly enough on this. an international standards group has approved new safety standards that could put an end to any of these new cribs. stork craft says they are safe if used properly. fire crews are trying to keep a wildfire away from some expensive homes in southern california. crews are making head way despite heavy wind gusts. all lanes shall be shut down. right now, the homes are not threatened, but officials are saying be ready to evacuate. health experts are concerned that the hajj could help spread swine flu. there are many international visitors this year and saudi
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officials say they could spread the virus back home if they get sick. four pilgrims have already died, but the cdc is helping deal with the disease. 11 days and $11. a teen with a form of autism vanished inside the new york subway system for a week and a half before somebody found him. he said he got in trouble at school and didn't want anybody to yell at him, so the 13-year-old bought lollipops and chips at the station. >> he still hasn't been able to tell you what happened? >> no. look at him now. he don't express nothing. >> how did you live? what did you eat? a sandwich and mostly whatever i could buy. >> he said he didn't ask for help.
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finally, a transit officer recognized him from a missing persons poster. you may be one of millions of americans looking online for the black friday deals. there's a pretty big spike in traffic on these websites. >> people have been looking for a good deal and have been surfing for it for weeks now. it's another indicator that retailers could have a big day on friday. there's a research firm that says the websites that show you the ads, reporting an 87% increase in traffic last week. they say walmart is getting by far, the most traffic from black friday sites, followed by target and best buy. >> thank you. good heads-up. new this morning, a new batch of songs that you grew up
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listening to on the radio have been added to the grammy hall of fame. this year's list includes "california girls" and "riders on the storm." ♪ oh, please, not yet. we have to get through thanksgiving. let's talk to bob van dillen about the weather standing in your way. >> two more days, then we'll start listening to christmas music. miami and ft. lauderdale, they're in a ground stop because of the heavy rain and thunderstorms. look at the miami metro area. just aglow with lightening strikes. heavy rain is out there. stretches down through the keys, ft. lauderdale. look at the rain towards jacksonville. most of the lightening strikes off the california and georgia
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coast. we're also looking at the rain around areas like chicago all way back down gary, indiana. rain breaking up around green bay, but more come ng this afternoon. another impulse out of the upper midwest. look at the rain changing to snow. more on that in a bit. take you live to new york city metr metros, newark, laguardia, both have delays right now because of the fog. what about the west coast? looks a lot better for you. l.a., temperatures about 82 to 83. bumpy ride up into the mountains, but in the valley, things are okay, so no delays at lax. >> pretty look. >> it's nice. so you're hot to trot to the stores, but the stores are trying to keep you safe. and if you're planning to thaw your turkey in the bathtub
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while you bathe the kids, oh, honey, we need some lessons from butterball university.
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time for our salute to the troops. adela rodriguez wants to salute her husband. she says she's so proud of the job he does every day and this holiday. >> dave niehaus: if you have somebody in the service and you want to salute him, then go ahead. go to cnn.com/robin. a hospital is banning neckties on doctors. new jersey city medical center says it's for the safety of patients. the fear is that they spread germs during procedures. >> the tie can get in the way of certain procedures that they're doing, so i do believe that. i mean, i don't see the necessary need for a tie.
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>> i'll save my neckties for dinner parties. >> well, one doctor said she would like to get rid of the labcoats. because people say doctors never wash their labcoats. good news for a change about jobs. the number of people find first time claims for unemployment benefits, it fell to the lowest level in more than a year. thank goodness. melissa long's in for jen today. >> a lot of people already thankful for this report. jobless claims fell to 466,000, the lowest level since september last year. the number of people receiving benefits fell to about 5.4 million. also, new this morning, many of us opened our wallets just a little more last month. consumer spending rose just under 1%.
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after a black friday stampede turned deadly last year, retailers are focussing on their your safety this year. best buy is doing full scale safety rehearsals. last year, a man working for walmart was trampled by stampeding shoppers. this year, walmart will be open 24 hours, so shoppers will be already in the store when sales start. target is going to be giving maps to shoppers and most retailers will clearly tell people how many door busters there are and handing out tickets, first come, first serve. and toyota will replace the gas pedals on almost 4 million cars and trucks. the recall in september came after a highway patrolman and three family members were killed. their lexus accelerated to 120 miles an hour and crashed.
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toyota said the problem was with the floor mat getting stuck on top of the pedal. drivers were told to remove the mats until the pedals were taken out. one of the busiest travel days of the year is today. bob van dillen keeping an eye on the skies and i know we have a number of short delays. >> nothing over an hour right now. i'm going to start and want to show you where most of the volume's located. in towards krooefld and detroit, these are the delays. because of thunderstorms. i'll have full details on that in just a bit.
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wild baboon are attacking people and stealing their stuff.
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if you need some last minute tips while cooking, you can call butterball university. a group of turkey pros are expecting about 12,000 calls tomorrow. some of the tips they have given in the past. do not set the oven to the clean setting and do not thaw the turkey in the tub while the kids are in the bath. it was a real question. obviously, there were more well-informed questions as well. all right, their coach may be fired and now, a late night
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mystery that has a team's star quarterback hiding his eyes. the notre dame soap opera. will it ever be over? >> they could use a guiding light in south bend. jimmy clausen was attacked in south bend, indiana, year the campus. it was around 2:00 a.m. sunday after the team's loss to uconn when he was reportedly sucker punched. clausen wore a tinted guard at practice to hide any evidence from that punch. now, his head coach says look, his players and coaches are off limits. he wants to talk about only one thing. >> we're talking about stanford. you want to ask me a question about stanford, i'm all ears. this is the stanford press conference. we're talking about stanford,
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ask me a about question stanford, please. >> how about global warming? michigan state dismissing two players for a violation of team rules. it's not clear if it's connected to a fight sunday night. witnesses told a newspaper that more than a dozen men injured several students. one of them dismissed was suspended last season and spent four months in jail for injuring an msi hockey player. david stern says the league has lost its most revered player. he died on monday at age 85 and had owned the team since 1984. he came with a idea of luxury suites and was the guy that fired michael jordan from his executive job. nfl players don't mind hanging the turkeys.
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that's santonio holmes. also, la danely yan tomlinson. everybody getting ready for turkey day, making sure you have a good thanksgiving. >> really sweet. the fbi's added two more people to its most wanted terrorist list. this man is wanted for his alleged role of the bombing of the uss cole in yemen. the government is offering up to $5 million for information leading to their arrest. if you're going to a hot tourist spot say in south africa, you might want to watch out for the baboon. in cape town, they go around to cars, looking for food. a group that monitors baboon in the area says they spend all day
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rescuing tourists. have you heard of lane splitting? you know, what when a motorcycle rider goes straight down the middle of the lanes? also, somebody robbed a pair of nuns.
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all right. the new york stock exchange is open for business now. you can see that live picture. we may give thanks for a boost on wall street today. stocks look like they're going to start higher partly on a strong eer than pektsed jobs report. first though, are you up early because you're traveling today? well, aaa predicts a record number of people will travel for the weekend. more than 38 million. they also say there will be about a 6.7% drop in air travel from last year. bob van dillen's going to have the forecast for today and through the thanksgiving holiday to see if that's going to get in the way. a direct result of the shooting spree at ft. hood,
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security is being tightened there. there will be random inspections of any containers. soldiers now have to register their personal firearms. this morning, space shuttle "atlantis" undocked from the space station. nicole smith has been in orbit since august and wants to see her family and get a pizza already. good morning, travelers, all of our viewers. president obama says he will announce after thanksgiving his plans for a troop surge in afghanistan. a former member of the president's national security counsel says the troops will play a vital role just as for the surge in iraq. >> it wasn't a surge. it was a bridge. it was to fill this gap in capacity to allow iraqi security forces to take over and allow us
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to draw back. >> a defense department official says they've been told to draw up plans for 34,000 additional troops. military officials say they could be on the ground in february or march. a 13-year-old who witnessed another teen being set on fire has apologized. jeremy jarvis is the younger brother of one of the boys accused of throwing alcohol on michael brewer and lighting him on fire. it was over a dispute over $40, a video game and a bike. police say he watched what happened, but didn't take part. >> i want to express my deepest sympathy for mikey and his family. i will pray for his speedy recovery. i want to tell my brother, dc, i love and miss him. i just hope and pray we all get through this. >> doctors say the victim faces months of recovery. for the first time, the faa
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is fining three airlines $375,000 for stranding passengers on a tarmac. last august, a planeful of people was diverted and ended up in minnesota. the people were forced to stay on the cramped plane overnight for six hours with screaming babies and backed up toilets, but the workers at the terminal refused to open it for up for them. the mothers of three hikers in iran are begging for their release. their moms are sending a video message to their children and the leaders of iran. on our sister network, cnn, one mother talked about why they're doing it. >> they've been virtually cut off from the outside world and we cannot even begin to imagine how difficult that is for them and we're thinking maybe, maybe, they'll be able to see us, all three mothers, hear our voices
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and get great comfort in that. >> well, during a visit to brazil this week, president ahminedjad insisted the cases would go through the nation's courts. bottle up your frustrations at work. a new report finds men who consistently did not express their anger with coanchor -- >> fraudian slip. >> or sadly die from heart disease. researchers warn you should not just be belidge rant at work. was that just a slip there? the judges on "dancing with the stars" must have been feeling some puppy love because
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donny osmond dpot the title. how is that for a guest performance? ♪ whitney houston sang her hit, "i want to dance with somebody," and a song off her new album as well. the only thing you're going to be frustrated with today is not your co-worker, the travel. the forecast. good morning, coanchor. >> luckily i'm not your coanchor. just a side weather guy. go ahead. >> you noticed there isn't one. >> we all refuse, man. just kidding. let me show you what's happening. we have a couple of areas of low pressure. one is across the great lakes. look at the rain wrapping up around that, too.
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below it, more rain across southern florida and heavy at times. let me show you how much rain we're anticipating over the next 48 hours. most of this falls tonight towards new england. the green shaded areas, central connecticut, that's about an inch of rain. most should fall off the coast, but the rest of new england, the dark shade is about a half inch of rain, so you will get that overnight tonight and end by thanksgiving afternoon. look at the heavy downpours near tampa. that's coming in towards orlando, too. it's filling in nicely. if you're trying to get in or out of miami, also towards ft. lauderdale, big time thunderstorm activity over you. this is reagan. you can see kind of clear right there. not that many focuses aroulks a. you are seeing more people
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around o'hare and lax. there's o'hare. >> that's more like it. but you know what? i don't see too many long lines at security. >> i'll have those airport delays in just a couple of minutes. >> thank you. now, wall street has a mountain of economic reports to sift through today, so let's go to new york and break that down. hi, susan lisovicz. >> good morning, robin meade. well, the reports are mostly up big. the markets are a little indecisive the first seven minutes. new jobless claims finally fell below the half a million mark. it's the smallest amount in over a year. continuing claims fell as well. we like that trend. meanwhile, some very good news for retailers. consumer spending picked up in october, rising 0.7%. all good. another roadblock for general
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motors. a deal to sell saab fell through after another swedish brand backed out. rival toyota having trouble as well. they say they will replace gas pedals on nearly 4 million recalled vehicles. and finally, you know, the salvation army kettles will have a little less jingle, but that may be a good thing because you no longer need spare change to donate. they now take credit and debit cards. the plastic kettles will be in 30 cities across the u.s. because fewer of us carry cash. the salvation army says it's red kettles brought in more than $130 million last year. that was up 17% from 2007. so something to be thankful for. we are generous. >> sounds like a good idea to
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have the plastic -- how can i say? >> which ever way you can give. >> thank you. there's always a need. what is it about some turkey ad that apparently was so offensive that some networks are saying, we're not playing it. also, why some think what a little girl says in this ad is too much for tv. and then, this bank robbery got pretty emotional, but it was the suspect who cried.
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at first, this might look like your typical thanksgiving ad, but so far, four stations
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are refusing to air it during the macy's thanksgiving day parade. it's meant to encourage vegetarianism. >> for all the dirt and poop that's in the turkey we're about to eat. oh, and thank you for rainbows. >> they say the ad isn't proebt for the spirit of the parade. 11 more bodies have been found in the massacre in the philippin philippines. 57 people were killed in the attack. the president hcountry's presid declared today as a national day of mourning. they are seizing weapons from two government-backed militias suspected of having a role in the attack. who has heard of a bank robber who cries? to make it even more weird, the robber had a personal conversation with the teller.
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>> and he says, i used to work for this bank and you guys still owe me money and so he demanded a specific amount and the teller gave him cash and they had a conversation. he said he has some medical problems. he was trying. kind of unusual circumstances for a bank robbery. >> well, no one at the bank recognized him as a former employee. all right. we're getting ready for the next hour already of "morning express." richard lui has that. >> we're watching the holiday travel situation closely today. it's a top story. we'll have pictures from the airports where you're headed and bob will have the delays. plus, you'll meet one business owner who says, i don't have a stinking health insurance plan, i'm going pay pr a doctor and clinic myself. but could the government force him to shut it down? plus, scientists have found new
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species in the world's oceans. they're not even done with the search. all those stories and more co coming up. >> thanks. some wireless companies are getting a lot of attention for these little laptop computers, but clark howard warns if you buy one, you might be paying more than you realize. >> when's a deal not a deal? well, here's one. throughout the rest of the christmas selling season, you're going to see really big pitch frs the cell phone companies trying to get you to buy a little computer at a low price in return for a giant handcuff. you know what that handcuff is? it's a two-year contract for you to buy overpriced data services for the cell phone. it's 60 bucks a month for you to access the cell phone network to do web surfing on your little
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computer. now, why is na such a bad idea? think about it. you're saving maybe $100 on the purchase of that computer in return for having a commitment to a cell phone company for data services of $1200 or more over two years. you want to be a free agent? you want one of those little computers, just buy it. for more ways to stay out of trouble, go to cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you to spend more -- no, save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. you don't want to spend more. you want to save more. have you seen the beautiful gown the first lady wore last night? it was for the the first state dinner she and the president hosted. you won't believe how many people it took to make the dress. gorgeous.
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you want to fly today and you have your ticket, but a lot of other people do, too. let's talk about the delays.
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>> philadelphia, 46-minute, miami, ft. lauderdale in a ground stop. 30-minute delays. detroit, you can see that upper left, the bottom is reagan national and d.c. the right, that is lax. looking pretty nice. i don't think you'll see many delays around lax. but reagan national, detroit, you'll probably get some. chicago, rain and wind may be a factor. about an hour delays a possibility. minneapolis, st. paul, rain switching to snow. new york city metro's looking at showers. full details in a half hour. president obama and the first lady hosted their first state dinner last night, so what was michelle obama wearing? look at this gown. the state dinner was for india's prime minister and in honor of that, the dress came from an
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indian-born designer. he says that actually, 40 people worked on it for three weeks. new this morning, south carolina police have found a baby boy missing since monday. they tracked him down at a home in summerville just under midnight. he is fine and has been reunited with his parents. a 19-year-old woman was arrested and charged with kidnapping. he disappeared from his mom's car while she was dropping off mail. as of tomorrow, the holidays are here. well, the new jersey nets, what do they want more than anything? just a win. hi, larry. >> one of the players actually tweeted worst experience of my life, miserable and depressed, is what he tweeted. the nba record for the most losses to begin a season is 17. the nets are three games away from tieing that mark.
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another loss last night. this time in denver. they are now franklin might not be the post for very long. this is bad, even the high-fives, they're missing on. the nets are not the only ones taking it on the chin. look at the birthday girl. that is mean. the guy behind her, he has to be in on this. he takes his $8 beer and sits back down. the nets did win in another court, new york's top court can use imminent domain to force homeowners and businesses in brooklyn to sell their property to make way for a new arena for the nets. will the university of georgia replace their beloved mascot with a robot?
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they want to use a robot to replace uga. to use a robot and stop the inbreeding of bulldogs. don't think they would like that over there. president obama will attend a global climate change summit in copenhagen denmark. the white house says it's not clear whether he will go before or after norway to accept his nobel peace prize. president obama will be one of dozens of leaders at the copenhagen conference to work on a new global treaty. and an italian -- jersey shore. the group unicone national says jersey shore is offensive and relies on crude stereotypes. mtv says it's another one of its shows to pick american sub
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cultures. people say when you eat thanksgiving turkey you get tired because of tryptophan? is it really tryptophan? y8
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